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First Breath

“First Breath” is an amazing collection of thematic melodies combining soundtrack orchestration, choirs, subtle ethnic touches and great rhythms. Catalin’s original style has prompted rave reviews worldwide and he has been described as the “New Vangelis”.

2 reviews for First Breath

  1. Admin

    Review by Backroads Music.com

    The standard of releases from AD Music Ltd continues to be quite astonishing, as this album by Catalin ably demonstrates! In addition to its terrific and polished production, “First Breath” is complemented by outstanding artwork and packaging.

    The music has that rare quality of being not only complex and imaginative compositionally, but inspired and captivating to the ear and the soul. There are echoes of Vangelis here and there and some wonderful ethnic touches – but Catalin’s music has a unique style and character all of its own, so any similarity to the “Great Greek” are mentioned only as a point of reference.

    Listening to Catalin’s music is like being carried away on summer winds to far off lands – from the dusty plains of Africa on ‘Zulu Spirits Call,’ to an eastern bazaar of the mystical east on ‘Nandana, Spirit of Indra.’ The orchestral and vocal/choir arrangements on “First Breath” are the equal to anything you would expect to hear on a major film soundtrack. Swirling soundscapes, changes in direction both sudden and seamless, and captivating melodies that have become a trademark of the A.D. Music label.

    The album oozes quality and is, quite simply, magical!

  2. Steve Robert, SMD

    Review by Steve Roberts, SMD.

    Heaven must be missing a preset. Listen to the eponymous opening track of Catalin Marin’s U.K. debut and you’ll know exactly what I mean. This is music to melt the coldest of hearts and uplift the lowest of spirits. An ethereal choir gradually approaches with a simple, but deeply spiritual, melody which builds in intensity accompanied by orchestral flourishes and chords that evoke the industrial landscape of Los Angeles 2019. Ah, I love the smell of burning oil at twilight. After two and half minutes, the rhythm comes in with a subtler tune set against a simple bass line and symphonic accompaniment. Choral effects augment the mix and another change of pace brings with it melodic variations for the final segment and fade out.

    ‘Zulu Spirits Call’ transports you to the dry, dust filled air of Africa through adept voice sampling and highly effective ethnic percussion. The overall effect is not dissimilar to Deep Forest and it is interesting to note that Catalin comes from Craiova, Romania, the country that brought us Michael (Enigma) Cretu, and Gheorghe Zamfir.

    ‘Iceberg’ is anything but cold. A fine, sparkling melody is set against tabla-like rhythms and sparkling arpeggios that inspire. Choir effects are used, more sparingly this time towards the end of the piece.

    ‘Synthetic History’ partly returns to the style of the first cut but with a more complex rhythm. Catalin changes the pace and melodies with dexterity whilst employing symphonic textures and choral effects to flesh out the mix and crescendos. Melodies are allowed to build but never outstay their welcome.

    ‘Nandana – Paradise of lndra’ is a superb piece combining all the elements thus far deployed to create an eastern palette. However, the early motif would not have sounded out of place on ‘China’ by Vangelis, but let’s not argue about geography.

    ‘Cross Faded Memories’ begins with a lushly romantic classical piano treatment with accompanying epic cinematic orchestration. This may be too saccharine for some sensibilities but it is composed and performed with great aplomb and provides a change of style and pace.

    ‘Treasures of the Deep’ combines the ethnic elements of the composer’s music with romanticism and a keen sense of melody coupled to a faster beat. ‘Postlude’ concludes with a short, celestial, Vangelis-style refrain which leaves you wanting more.

    This album has inevitably been compared to Vangelis, in his more accessible guise, and will obviously appeal to his fan base, but Catalin’s music has considerable cross-over potential and will be embraced by discerning listeners who appreciate carefully crafted music and inspiring melodies.

    Highly Recommended.

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